Boldly Transforming Men Into Fathers

Manly Skills Series: How to be Manly

What qualities make a man… manly?  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about this question when I was a young adult.  At first I thought that at some point in the future I would just be manly, that it would just happen as I got older.  For a huge number of American men, this just doesn’t happen. It…

Don’t be a doofus dad

Manliness exists on a spectrum.  On one end are the Ron Swansons*: men who have a ton of useful, brawny skills that are under constant practice and development.  They chop their own firewood, build their own furniture, make their own coffee, manage their own finances, and other stereotypical manly things.  The key trait these folks have is that when they…

Get your baby to sleep through the night

Sleep…  sweet sweet sleep… it’s pretty rare with a newborn.  We’ve all heard horror stories of children not sleeping through the night until they are 2 or 3 years old.  Others wake up every hour to feed.  It’s enough to make mom and dad insane. There’s good news: this is not normal! If you follow the Baby Wise method, 97%…

7 manly things to do before your baby is born

Babies are made out to be complicated creatures by the baby products marketing complex.  Fortunately for you, babies are pretty simple and almost all of the marketing mumbo jumbo is bologna.  That said, there’s a few things you can do as a manly father to get the home ready for baby.  Since people like lists, here’s a list of 7…

Fighting your child’s battles will make him an adult failure

I am grateful for a battle my parents did not fight for me when I was in first grade.  When I was 7, I had to go to after-school care.  It was essentially daycare that went from when the school day ended until a parent got off work.  There was a red-headed boy in second grade (a year older than…

Weaken your child by giving them luxury products

Raising children to be strong physically and mentally is one of the best provisions you can offer as a parent.  Strength is sometimes hard to identify, but weakness sticks out like a fat man in a Speedo at a waterpark. Before having kids, my wife and I traveled around the world quite a bit.  On some portions of our trips,…

Your kids only need 2 skills to be successful

Everyone gets advice from their parents.  Unfortunately, not all of it is good advice.  Take, for example, the advice that baby boomers gave their kids for success in the adult world: go to college and get a degree. Eventually, this advice became woven into the fabric of our culture’s collective consciousness as undeniably true.   But is it?   College…

How much does a newborn cost?

What is the barebones financial cost of a newborn? Before having my son, I asked other parents, searched the internet, and tried to forecast the actual per month costs of raising a newborn.  In all of the research I had done, I couldn’t come up with the true cost.  Some folks said I should spend a certain percentage of my…

So I became a father last week

So last week I became a dad, and it has been glorious!  I was fortunately able to take about 3 weeks off from work in order to start figuring this whole fathering thing out.  Because this is my first child, and I am quite the noob, I figured starting this site might be helpful to other level 1 dads out…

What is this manly father thing all about, anyway?

Greetings fellow men, and welcome to Manly Father! The world is always changing, and what defines a man does, too.  Gone are the days of the 1950’s where we need our partners to make us toast and iron our socks.  Nowadays, real men take care of themselves.  We do laundry, we wash dishes, we talk to our wives about our…